Philippine flag carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) has expanded its Asian network with the opening of new routes to Hanoi in Vietnam), Phnom Penh in Cambodia and New Delhi, India from its Manila hub starting this summer season.
Pal president and COO Jaime Bautista says this latest expansion by the award-winning flag carrier creates the first direct air link between the Philippines and the capital of Cambodia, expands PAL’s existing Vietnam network and re-establishes a historic link to India with immense potential for tourism development.
“Philippine Airlines’ strategic vision is to make the Philippines a true gateway to Asia. We are the Southeast Asian airline with the biggest and most extensive network of direct flights to the US and Canada, and thus we can be the leader in carrying North American travellers to India, Cambodia and Vietnam via our Manila hub,” says Bautista.
“We will leverage Manila’s excellent geographical location as an ideal stopover point for people flying to Southeast and South Asia from the East and West Coasts of North America.”
PAL currently operates 43 weekly flights nonstop from six North American destinations – New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, San Francisco, Honolulu and Vancouver. This comprehensive network, flown by PAL’s latest-technology Boeing 777, Airbus A350 and Airbus A330 aircraft, will generate passenger travel flows into Hanoi, Delhi, Phnom Penh and other destinations in the ASEAN region and beyond. PAL additionally operates seven weekly flights from the U.S. territory of Guam.
“Vietnam and Cambodia are emerging markets and economic centers that need connections to the rest of the world. We are excited to introduce their excellent tourist attractions to more and more Western travelers, including Filipino Americans,” says Bautista.
“PAL also looks forward to serving the many ethnic Vietnamese and Cambodian people who are now US and Canadian citizens.”
As the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi offers a harmonious fusion of East and West, combining Vietnamese and French cultures reflected in its heritage architecture and world-renowned cuisine. Vietnam has posted among the highest economic growth records in Southeast Asia, fuelling an increase in overseas travel by its own citizens.
Phnom Penh is an emerging tourist mecca noted for its vibrant street life, arts scene, museums and historical Khmer architecture, including its famed Royal Palace. The capital city’s newly expanded airport serves as a gateway to Siem Reap, Sihanoukville and other popular destinations in the Kingdom of Cambodia.
Flights between Manila and Hanoi will operate four times weekly -(Monday/Wednesday/Friday/ Sunday) starting March 31, 2019 with PR 595 departing at 10:25 PM and arriving at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport at 12:45AM the following day. Return flights via PR 596 leave Hanoi every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 1:45 AM and touch down in Manila at 5:30 AM.
Flights between Manila and Phnom Penh will operate five times weekly -(Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/ Friday/Saturday) starting April 1, 2019 with PR 521 departing at 10:10PM and arriving at Phnom Penh International Airport at 11:45 PM. Return flights via PR 522 leave Phnom Penh every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 12:45 AM and back to Manila at 4:20 AM.
PAL will maintain its current 8 weekly flights between Manila and Vietnam’s commercial hub, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), a city served by the flag carrier since the mid-1980s.